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Building Your Child's Confidence

Learn how to deal with Autism and build your child's confidence.

Learning how to help your child with autism build confidence is a necessary skill that will help them achieve success as they manage their life with autism.

Persons affected by autism have a high likelihood of lacking self confidence. Protecting their confidence at all cost is essential. Confidence can erode as your child starts to understand expected and unexpected behavior, and they become more self conscious as they get older.

Lack of self confidence can also lead to depression in someone that has autism. This video talks about how to protect and maintain self confidence.

 

Tyler's Notes:

There's a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Used to get those two confused and that made me look like a very bad person. Mom taught me about being humble; I do want to keep my confidence, but never would want to go down towards over confidence. One thing I have learned about humbleness is from many superheroes in...

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Understand the Needs of Your Child

Understand the Needs of Your Child with Autism

Learning how to understand the needs of your child with autism is essential for their future success.

A child with autism builds up a tremendous amount of frustration because they are not understood. This frustration is intensified if they are not able to communicate verbally. Alternate methods of communication must be established to reduce or eliminate frustration in your child with autism.

Learning how to interpret patterns of eye movement, gestures, noises, and other physical and auditory cues allows you to begin understanding nonverbal communication. Each child with autism is different, intuition is your best resource.

Spend time looking for the underlying non-verbal communication. Realize that your child with autism is doing his/her very best to communicate with you.

 

Tyler's Notes:

The way things worked at the house was that my parents wouldn't know what I needed. The solution to that was that they tried everything they...

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Activities To Avoid

Activities To Avoid When Your Child Has Autism

Learn the top three activities to avoid when your child has autism. Best selling author, speaker Tyler McNamer explains the top activities to avoid for a person with autism.

Children with autism cannot initially handle the same sensory input that nurotypically developing children can.

Things like parties, loud event, crowds, and similar things will overwhelm the senses resulting in a meltdown. It’s important to plan in advance when attending such events, and use discretion before putting your child into a situation that may not turn out well for you or your child.

Exposure for a limited time can be helpful and healthy, as it will start to desensitize you child allowing them to process the sensory input more effectively. Prolonged exposure will agitate your child with autism, resulting in unexpected behavior.

 

Tyler's Notes:

There are no limits. I have always believed that. Reasons why I would recommend activities to avoid is...

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Computers & Meltdowns

Computer Programs Can Help Reduce or Eliminate Autism Meltdowns

Persons with autism tend to be drawn to video and computer screens.

Computers and video can be used as a very effective tool to teach someone with autism how to self regulate. Videos can be used to teach social skills, speech, facial movements, expressions, and many other skills. Animated video and computer programs are more effective than real video.

Look for software that uses primary colors, and is very clear in its presentation of concepts. Computer programs that teach children with autism social situations and formation of words have the greatest long term impact.


Tyler's Notes:

I've been interested in computers since I was four. Even built myself one with the help of Dad when I was twelve. One thing about those machines that I enjoy very much is the sounds it would make. I would go up to a machine, put my ear on the side of the computer, and listen to whatever goes on as the computer runs after I turn it on. Could...

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Better Understand Autism

What a Person with Autism Wants You to Understand About Autism

You can create a breakthrough in understanding when you learn what a person with autism wants you to understand about autism. Everyone wants to be understood, even more so those with autism.

Autism may seem mysterious and sometimes puzzling, but it can be understood. Learn the top things that someone with autism would like you to know about them, and their world.

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School Help

Working with Your School to Help your Child with Autism


Your child with autism can be rapidly integrated into a mainstream classroom by working with your school to help your child with autism. You can do this by making sure you have an IEP in place. An Individualized Education Plan documents what services your child will receive when in school.

These services can include para educator support, occupational therapy, speech therapy, modified work plans, communication devices, and many other types of therapies and support systems. Your child will spend many hours at school.

Developing a good relationship with your school district is essential for the long term success of your child with autism.

 

Tyler's Notes:

First transition from the house. School! I have had so many great stories relating to school; It was one of the best things that has happened to me. The environment, the teachers, even the kids; Lots of times, I would feel very excited to go to school. There were the...

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Autism and Repetition

Many children with autism watch the same video over and over again. The question is: Should you let your child with autism watch the same video over and over again.

The answer is yes! Most likely they are using that part of the video to develop language, or are using it as a “touchstone” to help them handle the sensory input around them.

You can use that repetitive activity as a bridge into other interests. It may seem strange at first, but once you understand the reason that your child with autism watches a video over and over again, you will learn how to use that as a took for their development.

So next time that they are watching the same thing repetitively, sit with them, be interested in what they are doing, and have them show you the specific part of the video they are watching.

Look for faces, mouth movements, and other clues as to why your child might be watching that particular section.

Most likely they are trying to add that specific activity to their world,...

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Help Your Child with Autism Make Friends

How do you help your child with autism make friends? Friendships and relationships in general are hard for someone that has autism. Many times those with autism have a difficult time “putting themselves in another person’s shoes”.


That analogy alone is difficult for someone with autism to even understand.

Friendships can be formed with a understanding peer group. Those groups can be found in your general community, as part of your church, at school, a formal social skills group, or a wide variety of other places. It does take effort and some trial and error to find a workable solution.

Once you have an understanding peer group you can then start modeling behavior. A person with autism must create thousands of desperate social files, that can eventually be weaved together to form a framework of friendships and relationships.

It takes a lot of time, but it’s well worth it in the end, as your child develops the potential to have lifelong relationships.

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Social Story Character: Sally

Red Shirt
Name: Sally

5 Favorite Hobbies:

  1. Reading
  2. Watching nature documentaries
  3. Researching frogs
  4. Playing around with sound design on the computer
  5. Doodling on her tablet

5 Favorite Things:

  1. Frogs (would catch one and keep it as a pet for one day before letting it go)
  2. Fast food
  3. Animated shorts
  4. Sports (Baseball’s her favorite sport)
  5. Even with being caught up on new technology, she has a soft spot for tech from the 90’s and early 00’s (2000’s).

5 Strengths:

  1. Friendly
  2. Interested in all kinds of people, autism or otherwise
  3. Detailed oriented
  4. Organised
  5. Never afraid to ask for assistance; whether it’s for her or for other people

5 Weaknesses:

  1. Even with a tablet, she would still be afraid of whether or not she will say the right words
  2. She cannot talk (oftentimes would wonder what she would sound like)
  3. Difficult to make clear eye contact; May look like she’s not paying attention or not interested but she in most cases, she always is interested
  4. Would...
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Social Story Character: Mebel

Name: Mabel

5 Favorite Hobbies:

  1. Drawing portraits
  2. Picnics out on the field or by the beach
  3. Riding her bicycle
  4. Baking and cooking
  5. Jump roping

5 Favorite Things:

  1. Movies
  2. Her two rabbits (Beatrix & Carl)
  3. Cartoon shows
  4. Baked sweets (peanut butter cookies are her favorite)
  5. Marine Biology

5 Strengths:

  1. Her portraits are a joy to look at! She draws in a quality cartoonish kind of way
  2. Shows an interest in learning a variety of subjects
  3. Patient with her friends
  4. Comfortable in social situations
  5. Smart and isn’t afraid to share common sense with others that don’t have it all down entirely  

5 Weaknesses:

  1. Hard to understand people at times. Relates more to fictional characters.
  2. Gets very sad and lonely sometimes
  3. Distracted
  4. Feels that she’s not good enough and needs to try harder in her talents
  5. Socially insecure

Family:

  • Single Father
  • Mabel’s dad works as an online teacher
  • Mother’s deceased

Bio: Mabel is the only one that does not have autism. Her...

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